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Tokyo cops bust hostess club for unlawful employment of girls

Yuichi Yamada
Yuichi Yamada

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have busted a specialty hostess club in Taito Ward for employing girls under the age of 18 to work unlawful shifts, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 31).

In September and October, Yuichi Yamada, the 32-year-old manager of Diosa, a so-called “girl’s bar” located in the Ueno area, allegedly employed four girls, aged between 15 and 17, to work between 10 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. — a violation under the Labor Standards Act.

Yamada has declined to comment on the allegations.

A girl’s bar is licensed as a drinking establishment but offers services nearly equivalent to that of an adult-entertainment club.

The female employees engaged in conversation across a counter from male customers. They received hourly wages of 1,500 yen and 200 yen per drink consumed by customers, according to TBS News (Oct. 31).

Over the past seven months, Diosa has collected 40 million yen in revenue.